For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
, United States Attorney
Maria Chapa Lopez
Contact: William Daniels
Fort Myers Pimp Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug and Firearms Charges
Field Division: Tampa Field Division
Fort Myers, Florida – Oliver Rocher (33, Alva, FL) has pleaded guilty to five counts of a federal indictment alleging drug and firearms offenses. Rocher entered his plea on the morning that his jury trial was set to begin. He faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. A sentencing hearing has been set for December 10, 2018.
According to court records, Rocher worked as a pimp and drug dealer out of hotels and motels in Fort Myers during 2017. In May 2017, on two occasions, Rocher sold heroin to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. During the course of the transactions, Rocher tried to ensure that the informant was not secretly recording him, and he conducted the actual hand-offs of heroin in locations that could not be easily watched by law enforcement.
Further investigation led to a search warrant on Rocher’s motel room in the early morning hours of August 3, 2017. Two days prior to execution of the warrant, law enforcement observed Rocher walk in and out the motel room, conducting suspected drug deals, and collecting money from women walking the nearby streets.
Upon execution of the warrant, inside Rocher’s motel room, law enforcement encountered Rocher, as well as two women who were trying to flush items down the toilet. Law enforcement also found, in an open, heroin, cocaine, cocaine base, a loaded firearm, and Rocher’s state-issued identification card. Thousands of dollars in cash were found next to the bed.
This case was investigated by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael V. Leeman.